2019 October 21 • Monday
Tito Arevalo's music for
The Mad Doctor of Blood Island is the 592nd
Soundtrack of the Week.
The "Pre-Title" and "Title" cues blend blaring wind instruments with strings,
percussion and wordless vocals to create a powerful atmosphere of danger and dread.
Then things get mellow and even a bit sweet with “Number 1”, a much more relaxing
piece which still generates some suspense while mostly sounding like a love theme.
Most of the other cues are “Number 2”, “Number 3” and so on and generally deliver
solid dramatic underscore, admirably crafting a wide range of tension, terror and
action with a relatively small ensemble.
“Number 7” stands out for being a tender and even perhaps pastoral-sounding cue.
“Number 12” likewise has a wistful and vulnerable quality to it.
Hand percussion, chanting and some unusual-sounding reed instruments create
the dense layers of “Dance, Pt. 1”. “Dance, Pt. 2” has a different feel and
slightly different instrumentation.
“Distant Drums” lives up to its name.
And finally, “Finale” winds things up on a quiet and elegiac note.